On the four Advent weekends the Fischergut, one of the oldest farmhouses of the region, will become the venue for a small Advent market full of customs and traditions with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The Fischergut will be filled with the scent of gingerbread, cinnamon and mulled wine. Market stalls will offer homemade delicacies and traditional handicrafts from the region.
The market days will be opened with the lighting of the large Advent candles while a Christmas story is being read. While the adults take a stroll among the Christmas trees in the life-size Advent wreath, learn how to make Advent wreaths in the barn or listen to the traditional brass musicians and singers, the children are looking forward to pony riding in the snow, decorating gingerbread and writing letters to the Christ Child.
2.00 p.m. Lighting of the Advent candles accompanied by Achensee Advent stories
2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Children’s Christmas with decorating gingerbread, writing letters to the Christ child Pony riding in front of the Fischergut
2.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Live wood carving demonstration with sculptor Klaus Astner who will create a life-size crib. Sculptor Klaus Astner and his two sons will show children the art of wood carving. The children learn how to work with sculpting tool and how to work with wood. They can test their skills on a wooden Swiss stone pine board.
4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Making advent wreaths, decorating with fir branches
4.00 p.m. Advent programme with nativity plays, Advent music, traditional singers, etc.
6.00 p.m. & 7.00 p.m. Performance by Advent brass musicians
Baking demonstration by the Adler Bakery, Achenkirch
2nd December – Arrival of Saint Nicholas! Saint Nicholas will visit the Mountain Advent at the “Fischergut” at 4.00 p.m. All well-behaved children will receive small presents. As patron saint of sailors and boatmen, Saint Nicholas of Myra will arrive by ship in Pertisau. After the children have met him at the jetty at 4.00 p.m. they will accompany him to the “Fischergut”. Saint Nicholas will read a story to the children and hand out small presents.
9th December – Animated Advent Calendar Every day in December up to Christmas Eve, a door of the Advent calendar will be brought to life. As part of the 200th anniversary of the “Silent Night! Holy Night!” song this event will take place at the Mountain Advent at the Fischergut on 9th December at 4.00 p.m. Special features of the “Silent Night” will be unveiled – how the song reached us 200 (or 2000 years) ago, how it is encountered today, and how it will enlighten us in the future. Presented in a pop-up advent calendar, the contents will remain visible for thirty minutes and fade into silence until the next day. The contents will be mainly music and literature pieces and will be presented by personalities from the region and country.
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